The second of two spinoffs launched by the hugely popular television series CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, CSI: NEW YORK distinguishes itself with an even darker, grittier tone than either of its predecessors by grounding the action in the gloomy aftermath of post-9/11 New York. The always brilliant Gary Sinise anchors the series as sternly professional former-Marine police detective Mac Taylor, whose stoic exterior masks the pain of losing his wife in the World Trade Center attacks. Taylor's forensics team includes his tough-as-nails partner, Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes); no-nonsense tough guy Don Flack (Eddie Cahill); smart-aleck detective Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo); and the briskly efficient coroner, Sheldon Hawkes (Hill Harper). Bathed in somber, blue-tinged cinematography, the spinoff emphasizes well-drawn character development without sacrificing any of the grisly criminal and scientific elements that made its parent show such a smashing success. This collection presents every episode from the series' third season.
3 stars out of 5 -- "This East Coast spin-off is loaded with labyrinthe plots....It's weirdly, creepily hypnotic." - 08/01/2007 Uncut, p.137
4 stars out of 5 -- "Given meatier storylines, the cast rises to the challenge and the result is a greater understanding of the team members and their personal lives..." - 08/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.129